Israeli Officer Secretly Photographed Dozens of Female Soldiers Over Years, Court Hears

Dan Sharoni started taking intimate photos of soldiers under his command without their knowledge as far back as 2010, military prosecutors say. IDF chief condemns 'shameful' behavior, backs women affected by it

Yaniv Kubovich
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Female Israeli army soldiers.
Female Israeli army soldiers.Credit: David Bachar
Yaniv Kubovich
Yaniv Kubovich

Thirty-six soldiers have testified against an Israel Defense Forces officer suspected of secretly photographing his female subordinates in intimate situations, prosecutors told a military court on Monday, with evidence in the case showing the officer's inappropriate acts began as far back as 2010.

The IDF's Chief of Staff Aviv Kochavi condemned the "shameful" behavior by the officer. Speaking at a Hanukkah event with soldiers on Tuesday, he said he stands with the women affected by this "wrong and severe case."

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The officer, Col. Dan Sharoni, was arrested by military police earlier this month, and has since been removed from his position. While his lawyers did not deny the allegations against him, they argued it does not constitute sexual harassment.

On Monday, a military tribunal at the Israeli military headquarters in Tel Aviv extended his detention until Sunday.

He is suspected of photographing soldiers by planting cameras in objects such as mobile phone chargers. In addition, Sharoni is suspected of fraudulently downloading intimate pictures of soldiers under his command to his phone.

Besides the 36 women who have so far testified, the Investigative Military Police unit is trying to contact eight other soldiers photographed by Sharoni, thus far in vain.

A military police officer told the tribunal that Sharoni maintained his right to silence throughout the investigation. She said that investigators found a large amount of video clips recorded by the suspect in recent years.

Concurrent with the criminal proceedings, the IDF has announced that Sharoni is removed from his post as commander of the driving school at Instructional Base (“Bahad”) 6.

Sharoni was arrested two and a half weeks ago, following an investigation into the complaints of soldiers who noticed the covert cameras installed in their quarters.

A search of the officer’s quarters and office on-base, as well as his vehicle, home, mobile phone and computers he possesses, yielded many video recordings which he seems to have collected in recent months, showing female soldiers in the living quarters area.

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